Austin Seferian-Jenkins Reportedly Suspended for Washington Opener

Ethan GrantAnalyst IAugust 30, 2013

PULLMAN, WA - NOVEMBER 23:  Tight end Austin-Seferian Jenkins #88 of the Washington Huskies carries the ball during the game against the Washington State Cougars at Martin Stadium on November 23, 2012 in Pullman, Washington.  (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)
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University of Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended for the team's Week 1 game against Boise State, according to Adam Jude of The Seattle Times

Per Jude's report, Seferian-Jenkins was originally supposed to receive a two-game suspension from Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian for pleading guilty to a driving under the influence charge in July, but the ban was cut in half because the star TE had met some of his coach's "disciplinary requirements."

Seferian-Jenkins, who will be a junior at Washington this year and was recently named to Sports Illustrated's preseason first-team All-American squad, was arrested on March 9 for the legal incident in question. 

To make matters worse, he broke his pinky in fall training camp and needed surgery to repair the damage. 

As noted by 247Sports' Lars Hanson on Twitter, Sarkisian and staff had failed to clear the 20-year-old for practice as recently as Monday. 

Steve Sarkisian Announces TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is not ready today to play against #BoiseState as it pertains to health. #UWHuskies

— Lars Hanson (@LarsHanson247) August 26, 2013

Jude's report claims that Seferian-Jenkins had been cleared to play against the Broncos, but the suspension knocks out any hope that we see his debut on Saturday. 

At 6'6" and 278 pounds, the star TE is a monster coming over the middle of the field. To complicate things for defenders, he has speed, an asset he uses to run away from slower linebackers and into the waiting arms of secondary members who simply can't match his sheer size or strength. 

According to Bleacher Report's NFL draft expert Matt Miller, Seferian-Jenkins is going to be a matchup nightmare for literally every opponent the Huskies face in 2013:

Watching some #Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins today. I have no idea how you cover this kid one-on-one. 6'6", 278 lbs and quick.

— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) August 15, 2013

As a sophomore in 2012, Seferian-Jenkins set school records for a tight end with 69 receptions and 852 yards receiving. He also had seven receiving touchdowns, finishing in the top 10 in the Pac-12 in all three categories. 

In two college seasons, Seferian-Jenkins already has over 100 receptions, nearly 1,400 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns. 

Expected to improve upon their 7-6 mark in 2012, the Huskies need Seferian-Jenkins in the lineup to provide Keith Price with a consistent threat in the passing game on a weekly basis. He can't do that from the sidelines. 

If everything goes according to plan, Seferian-Jenkins should be back on the field in two weeks when the Huskies travel to Chicago to take on Big Ten foe Illnois on Sept. 14.